Success Stories

Here are some examples of how your donations are helping shelters and rescue groups, in the organizations’ own words.

Feline Friends of Ruff Love Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Medical expenses and food. I have all the receipts and everything put together if you would like them.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Our regular low-cost vet was limiting services, so we had to use more expensive care. Also we had one stray kitty whose finder wouldn’t leave the house to get him to the vet because of Covid-19.

How many pets did this grant help?

10+

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We were emailed about a wounded stray cat whom someone had found. The finder was desperate for help for him but unable to get him to the vet. Our foster picked him up and took him straight to Blue Flint Animal Hospital. The foster also ended up foster failing Sheeran (first photo) and is keeping him!

Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

To pay a transport driver to drive from his home to Washington D.C., then to Georgetown, KY, and back home in southern Virginia.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Layla Sunny Rose was being returned from her adopted home in Washington, D.C., to her foster in Georgetown, KY. We needed help paying the transport driver to make this long trip.

How many pets did this grant help?

One

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Layla Sunny Rose was adopted from us to a family six years ago. The family dynamics changed and Sunny needed to be returned to the rescue. Sunny was living near Washington, D.C., and needed to be returned to her foster in Georgetown, KY. With the Covid-19 quarantine and the fact the owner was working from home and has a young child, driving the dog back to KY was a huge problem for her.

She asked if she could just take the dog to the local shelter, which is a violation of our contract. We said no. We contracted a reputable transport driver to go from his home in southern Virginia. He was able to drive from his home to D.C., then to a Georgetown vet and then back home. His charge was $0.20 a mile so he charged us $250. Layla Sunny Rose is now safe and in her foster-to-adopt home. Once we get all her medical issues cleared, she will be adopted.

Humane Society of Amherst County: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We are so grateful to Petfinder, our best tool for adoptions. Petfinder assists shelters and rescue groups in promoting available pets to potential adopters near and far!
We were so delighted to be awarded a grant from the Petfinder Foundation 2020 COVID-19 Operation Grant program for $1,000! The grant was used to enrich the lives of pets in our care. We felt like our cats would enjoy new scenery in the free-roaming cat lounge to give them activities while passing the time waiting for homes. They already had many cat towers, but honestly, what’s better than climbing up walls to higher places? This also gives the cats needed cage breaks too!

With recent COVID restrictions and our being closed to the public (besides pre-approved adopters visiting), we took the opportunity to freshly paint the walls a new color, get the floor waxed and add a double Juggernaut wall-mounted climbing center!

It’s a big success — the cats love it and it’s all thanks to the Petfinder Foundation grant! If you are interested, we purchased the units at Catastrophic Creations. THANK YOU, Petfinder Foundation!

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Many of our cats live in cages and, besides cleaning and occasional time out to play, they needed another avenue to get exercise and be cats! With this addition to our facility, ALL the cats in our care get the benefits of the new and exciting addition to our free-roaming cat lounge, where they are able to stretch out, hang out and just have freedom to do things cats enjoy most.

How many pets did this grant help?

All the current cats in our care, and future cats too — especially the long-termers !

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Since we are now open to the public, a cat who had been living in our cat room (Izza, the snowshoe mix pictured with the blue eyes, first and second photos) was placed and two others that have potential adopters got to spend valuable time with the cats they plan to adopt.

The Little Red Dog, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The Covid-19 relief grant was primarily used to help pay our vet costs for the pups we saved in early April, including special-needs pup Tie Dye.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

Our monthly vet bill, like most rescues’, is our biggest expense. Your generous grant helped supplement this cost.

How many pets did this grant help?

4

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Every month, we attempt to rescue a special-needs pup. In late March, we rescued a special-needs Shih Tzu, Tie Dye. This little guy has a very manageable kidney issue, but his previous owners could not keep him because of the expense. With your help, we were able to assist the previous owners and rescue him. You can meet Tie Dye here.

Clear Creek Cat Rescue: Emergency Medical Grant
What was the money or product used for?

Funds were used for vet care for Anna, a 6-month-old kitty found starving, freezing and hit by a car.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The grant allowed CCCR to provide the needed surgery for Anna to repair her broken leg.

How many pets did this grant help?

1

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Anna was a 6-month-old kitten who was found by the road in Alaska in the middle of winter. She had been hit by a car. Her troubles had not begun there. She was starving, dehydrated, and freezing. She was immediately taken to a vet, who believed she was so damaged and depleted that euthanasia was the best option.

Instead, Anna went into foster care, where she was syringe-fed, given subcutaneous fluids, and medicated for her upper-respiratory infection until she was strong enough for surgery. The local vets could offer no option except to amputate the leg. But her radiographs were sent to an excellent surgeon 300 miles away who determined that it might be possible to save her leg.

So Anna’s wonderful foster mom drove 300 miles through snowstorms to transport Anna to the surgeon. Her surgery was successful! After two more long trips to the surgeon to remove the pin from her leg and for check-ups, Anna’s treatment was complete. Today she is able to use her damaged leg with just the slightest limp.

Throughout her entire ordeal, Anna was a gentle, sweet-tempered girl who endured every part of her treatment with purrs. Anna was subsequently adopted and is the beloved member of a great family. She has several kitty friends and is a happy, healthy little girl.

Last Hope, Inc.: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $750 grant was used to help Last Hope continue our rescue efforts during the pandemic. It helped to defray the ongoing costs of operating the Last Hope Adoption Center during Covid 19. This included providing food and other supplies to the Last Hope families fostering our dogs and cats while the Adoption Center was closed. Our revenues since March 2020 have been severely reduced due to the cancellation of at least six fundraising events.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant helped us continue to care for the animals in our care while we were closed during the pandemic.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant helped about 25-30 animals.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Boogie is a beagle currently listed on Petfinder. He is about 3 years old and has been in foster care with a Last Hope family since the shutdown started in the middle of March. Boogie began having seizures several months before the COVID crisis. His seizure medications have been fine-tuned during his time in foster care.

Boogie is an active boy, originally rescued from a Kentucky shelter, and will do best with a retired person or couple who like to take long walks. Boogie settles nicely after a daily two-mile jaunt. Otherwise, he is still energetic and very loving. He is still waiting for his forever home! You can meet him here.

Souris Valley Animal Shelter: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $250 awarded by the Petfinder Foundation was used to purchase vaccines for cats and dogs being placed in foster homes during COVID-19.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

The Souris Valley Animal Shelter would not have been able to provide the additional vaccines needed to intake more pets to be placed into foster without the grant funding.

How many pets did this grant help?

16

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

This is Pepper. Due to grant funding from the Petfinder Foundation, SVAS was able to purchase additional vaccines to place strays into foster homes while the facility was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Why did we choose Pepper to highlight for this grant? Pepper was the first foster-to-adoption for SVAS in the entire 42 years the organization has been open! It was incredible to launch a foster program, battle through the financial barriers of the pandemic, and accomplish adoptions offsite. None of it would have been possible without additional funding for vaccines. Thank you!

Faulkner County SPCA: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

We had an influx of puppies and purchased two trays of vaccines to cover two sets for each puppy.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

We were very low on funds and lacked donations. Without this grant, it would have been a financial burden to vaccinate the puppies.

How many pets did this grant help?

24 puppies

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

Chewy is a Sheepadoodle who was one of nine puppies in a litter. He is active and sweet. He was the biggest of the litter and has since been adopted.

Byram Animal Rescue Kindness Squad: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $500 COVID grant money was used for disinfecting supplies such as bleach, hand sanitizer, paper towels, gloves and masks to keep our volunteers and animals safe during this pandemic. Additional funds were used for vaccines and supplies for the malnourished cats we rescued from a trailer/hoarding situation.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

It helped us afford supplies to keep our pets and volunteers safe with the use of proper disinfection, gloves, and masks. Also, it helped us with supplies needed to care for and treat the malnourished cats and kittens we rescued from abandonment in a trailer.

How many pets did this grant help?

60 or more

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

We received a tip that cats had been abandoned in a trailer. We found an urgent situation: a trailer packed with about 20 cats, little food, kittens weighing less then 4 ounces due to starvation, and moms with no milk from a lack of food. Eight cats and kittens were rescued by BARKS; the rest we coordinated with other rescues so all the cats were safe. We rescued eight cats, including six malnourished kittens. All are now doing great. One adult has been adopted; the other adult is still nursing. All the kittens survived.

Hearts for Rescue: COVID-19 Operation Grant
What was the money or product used for?

The $500 COVID-19 Operation Grant was applied to the veterinary-care costs for first puppy vaccinations and spay/neuter surgeries for three puppies who came into our rescue after their mother passed away. They were only 3-4 weeks old when they came to rescue and still required some supplementing with second-stage puppy formula added to their kibble.

How did this grant help your organization and the pets in your care?

This grant allowed us to be able to accept three more puppies than we would have been able to take otherwise because it allowed us to have the funds to dedicate to their vet care.

How many pets did this grant help?

This grant directly helped three orphaned puppies.

Please provide a story of one or more specific pets this grant helped.

A family contacted Hearts for Rescue about a litter of eight 3- to 4-week-old orphaned puppies. The mama dog had passed and the puppies still needed care with second-stage formula supplements. We did not have the resources to take all eight, so we transferred five to another rescue partner and were able to care for three of the puppies. They have thrived and they are now 8 weeks old, have had their first puppy shots, are going in a few days for their spays/neuters, and are available for adoption. One has a pre-approved family just waiting for adoption day.